Stacy tells us what happens to inflammation and fibromyalgia when you EAT GREEN.

This sweet little 28-year old mom of 4 kids waited a long time to chat with me in Mesa, Arizona and got so emotional telling me her story. Why? Because this is our LIVES we’re talking about–the consequences of the fuel we choose color every aspect of our existence.

It was hard for her to decide to go on film telling you her story—but she decided she wanted y’all to know what powerful medicine food can be!

In this video, she tells me in 3 minutes how dramatically eating raw plant foods affected her pain and inflammation (fibromyalgia symptoms). Eat crap, inflammation up! Eat green, inflammation down. And unlike drugs, no side effects except MORE happy health benefits.

If you’re reading…..so proud of you, Stacy. The rest of you, please enjoy her story here.

Home from AZ

Kristin and I are back from our trip to Arizona, and soon, I’ll share with you a video or two of interviews with a couple of readers. The drive is long and boring. We stopped and toured the spectacular Glen Canyon Dam. We prowled around Orderville, UT, gawking at polygamists and whispering about our little fantasy to kidnap their daughters. We busted up the 11-hour drive with my iPod. I yell, “ARE YOU READY?!” and Kristin yells back, “I’M READY!” and I blast a Poison, Heart, Van Halen, or Aerosmith song from her speakers.

I named my senior thesis, in college, after a line from an Aerosmith song: “Live and Learn from Fools and Sages.” (We learn from the wise people in our lives–but we miss out on learning opportunities if we don’t learn from the people doing stupid things, too.)

A beautiful blonde physical therapist about my age talked to me after the Glendale class. Her eyes brimmed up with tears when she said, “Thank you for giving me my lungs back.” I didn’t give her back her capacity to train and run races without tightness in her lungs, of course. Eating whole foods did. (When I made the shift, my autoimmune problems reversed themselves, too–no more seasonal allergies, eczema, or occasional asthma attacks!)

She told me her problem is her kids: after some initial successes, they’re currently resisting the new healthy menus. I suggested that she not panic, consider that they probably don’t want her to suddenly turn into a Little Caesars mom, regardless of the way kids overstate their opinions. (They aren’t geniuses at communication. And remember, even junk-food moms’ kids complain if they don’t get the food they want.) This mom abandoning her principles would be inconsistent and confusing for the kids. They’re probably fine with her being the health-nut mom, just need to know she can let her hair down, be a little flexible.

Every once in a while I invite all the friends of one of my kids over, for a pizza party. This is so my kids know I can lighten up, even if the rest of the time we are really very consistent. (On those rare instances, I am also very nervous that a GSG reader will see me at Costco buying things I normally never would–any remainder of which will go in the garbage after the party.)

I don’t, however, EVER have junk food in my house for the kids to snack on. (Kristin says people always talk to her after my classes to find out if I’m the “real deal.” She assures them that she spends about 60 hours a week with me, with our work-from-home, and travels, and our “social life,” what there is of it. Feel free to grill her. She says, “I’ve never once seen her have junk food in the house for the kids.”)

My kids know what the snacks are, and I find that if someone is complaining, it’s because I need to pay a little more attention to having things on hand that they like. (When moms talk to me about their “picky” and “resistant” kids, they also always name for me the nutritious foods the child WILL eat.)

To that end, it’s helpful to have a list of the food foods that each child seeks out. Making a list on paper will help you realize there are more things than you think, and it’ll motivate you to discover new ones to add to the list. Put it on the inside of a cupboard.

Paying attention to that may go a long way toward helping them eat right. Add to the list when your child discovers another healthy food she likes–praise her when she does.

This is part of a list I have that helps my kids feel there’s enough to eat, and something to look forward to, at home:

Tennyson, Libby, Emma: fresh blueberries

Libby: raw sweet potatoes, cucumbers, raw chocolate in her green smoothie, nori sheets, prunes

Tennyson: Naked juice, wheat grass juice, sprouted “candied” almonds

Cade: pink apples, Raw Melissa spring rolls, bell peppers eaten like an apple

Emma: carrots dipped in hummus

Cade, Libby, Ten: cases of Costco mangoes

I find any complaining at my house stops, as long as I tune into what the kids want that is good for them and make sure I stock those foods. And as long as on a rare occasion, I “lighten up” for a party.

Sorry if you’ve read this before, but my grandmother told me: “It’s not what you do 5% of the time that’s going to kill you. It’s what you do 95% of the time that’s going to save you.”

Kala in Boise PUMPS HER FIST (thank you, whole foods diet!)

Do you know what it’s like to be trapped in a quagmire of health problems that seem insurmountable, requiring lots of pharmaceuticals? I talk to tons of people who describe the life they’ve lost–in my internet world and travels.

Kala in Boise (one of the three readers who put that event together) has been doing 12 Steps to Whole Foods since January and is escaping the ravages of arthritis and Pharma-Hell! She told us her story on this little video:

I love Idaho Falls, Real Men Eat Plants….part 2 of 3

I’m not sure what part of the male psyche allows them to believe that they’re totally good to eat a burger and six-pack of donuts all because they had a green smoothie earlier in the day. I had a meeting with Hawk Harper at Runner’s Corner Monday about organizing a GreenSmoothieGirl Humanitarian 5K (“Running In the Raw!”) to further my dream of building a badly needed orphanage for refugees in Ecuador. And he told me he loves “the little white donuts.” He figures he’s good to go, because he always drinks his greens. We had a laugh about that—I’ve heard so many men say similar things (and so have a lot of wives who read this blog).

I don’t mean to generalize. Not all men think that. (Maybe men just say it out loud, where women tell themselves that privately? Is it just bravado / machismo?)

This guy, Sam, has a spectacular story. Listen to him tell about having the contents of his chest removed from his body, and how he got off his meds and became a spectacularly healthy runner, eating plant foods and green smoothies.

He’s a man’s man. A cop and martial artist. I would rather not be caught alone in a dark alley with him if he were mad. AND HE EATS SALAD AND CALLS IT DINNER.

Go Sam! Thanks for coming outta the closet with your green drinks.

I love Idaho Falls, part 1 of 3

I went to Idaho Falls a year ago for a tri-state tournament for Tennyson’s baseball team, and just for fun, I put on the blog and facebook that I was teaching a class. A reader asked the little supplement store there, Wealth of Health or something, to host it. Their response: “Nobody here cares about whole foods.” Well, 80 people showed up.

Fast forward, I found out a few weeks ago that Tennyson’s team is playing that tourney again. So I post the class, and AGAIN the little nutrition shop tells a reader: “Nobody will care about GreenSmoothieGirl here–this is Idaho.”

225 people packing the Idaho Falls High School auditorium tells me otherwise. I loved meeting so many wonderful people in our neighbor-state, and I loved early-morning running along your beautiful, waterfalled Snake River again. (It’s flooding, too, some parts of the trail under water, forcing us into the road.) That water feature randomly in the middle of town is SPECTACULAR, more beautiful than anything I’ve seen in any big city. We loved Yellowstone’s Bear World. (That’s a 10-year old’s photography you’re looking at, since I was driving.)

Tennyson and I ate at Applebee’s, and then he rocketed the baseball over the fence for a three-run homer. The next day he insisted that we go to Applebee’s AGAIN for lunch to eat the Paradise Salad in a superstitious attempt to replicate his performance the day before.

BAM. Another over-the-fence hit. He came home with a trophy as his team won all four games in their pool (before taking 2nd in the tournament overall), plus the two balls he will proudly show you the mark where his bat tore through the hides. Tennyson is back row, far right, no hat, in the photo.

Tomorrow I have a fun little video for you of Sam the Cop who healed massive congenital heart problems and more, with a plant-based diet and green smoothies!

does my device REALLY neutralize harmful radioactive EMFs on my cell phone?

Before I post my thoughts about the antibiotic issue, I will give more people an opportunity to give an opinion. (My readers are smart, thoughtful, and experienced, so it’s fun to listen rather than talk sometimes!)

I got this comment on the blog today about a product I have on all my kids’ cell phones (and mine), my PC monitors, the TV screen, and the microwave, that I researched and then tested, myself, that neutralizes radioactive EMFs harmful to our brain. It’s called the xZubi Disc:

Robyn,

I just wanted to let you and others know that I showed the xZubi product to the naturopath doctor that I go to. She was very skeptical about it since there are many gimmicks out there that don’t work. However, to verify that it works, she used a device that measures EMF.

First she measured the EMFs emitted during a call using her cell phone (without the xZubi Disc) and then using my cell phone (with the xZubi Disc). The meter went off during the call using her her phone, but when we made a call using my phone the meter read 0. Based on our basic test, it appears that the xZubi Disc is neutralizing EMFs.

Michele